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The “Superblocks” of Barcelona: Despite Protests, City Follows with Sustainable Strategy
Barcelona's Superblocks from above. Photo by Lucy / Flickr
In 2016, Barcelona launched superblocks, an innovative strategy to combat air pollution caused by vehicle traffic in the city. The sustainable tactic was detailed in Barcelona’s Mobility Plan, which aims to reduce traffic by 21 percent. Additionally, it says that ...
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Car-free Day Continues to Steer Bogotá Away from Cars
Crowded cycle lanes on Car-free Day in Bogotá. Photo by Diego Bauman / Bogota City Hall
For 18 years, Bogotá, Colombia, has shown that a large city can survive without cars. In 2000, Mayor Enrique Peñalosa—currently in his second term—implemented Car-free Day. This initiative, which residents approved by referendum, takes place on the first Thursday of ...
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What’s Holding Back Latin American Cities’ Clean Bus Transition?
Transmilenio BRT in Bogota, Colombia. Photo by: Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja / Flickr
The 18 Latin American Cities currently signed onto the Clean Bus Declaration of 2015 are sending clear signals to the market about their commitment to transitioning their bus fleets to low or zero emission buses. The time to transition is ...
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Every Tree Matters: Brazilian Cities Prioritize Urban Restoration
Joinville Brazil is a Leading Proponent of Urban Trees. Photo by Mariana Gil / WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities / Flickr
In addition to counting people, cars and kilometers of infrastructure, cities today are counting trees. Urban forests are another tool to combat climate change and increase quality of life in cities. Furthermore, concrete urban jungles lack a connection to nature, which directly ...
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Voices of Efficiency: Cristina Gamboa, Juan Camilo González and Bogotá’s Leadership through Partnership
Bogota, Colombia is a Partner City of the Building Efficiency Accelerator. Photo by Rosalba Tarazona / Flickr
As Colombia’s capital and largest city, Bogotá has significant local government capacity. However, because of limited experience with implementing efficiency policies, the city lacks technical expertise to implement a new national building energy regulation or otherwise encourage more efficient construction. ...
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Why it is Key to Include Gender Equality in Transport Design
A Women Travels by Bus in India. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ/Flickr
A 1996 iconic study from Vienna, Austria explored why there were fewer girls (above age nine) in public parks as compared to the number of boys. The researchers concluded that the boys were more assertive in their use of the ...
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What an Indian Town Shows Us About Integrated and Accessible Cities
Children play in the streets of ITI Colony, as the roads are absent of the automotive congestion plaguing the rest of the city. Photo by Amartya Deb
Bangalore, India’s third largest city with 8.5 million people and a decadal growth rate of 46 percent, is known for its rapid, modern development driven by electronic and software enterprises. In the last decade, quaint neighborhoods have transformed into high-rise ...
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5 Key Lessons from 10 Cities at Transforming Transportation 2017
Cyclist in Sao Paulo Explores the City's Extensive Bike System. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil
In January, at Washington D.C.’s Transforming Transportation, representatives from ten global cities gathered to share how they are fighting the unacceptable level of traffic deaths in their cities. While they may differ in many ways, the cities share a common ...
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Financing: The Next Step in Facilitating Transit-Oriented Development in India
Busy Road in Jaipur, India. Photo by EMBARQ / Flickr
India’s urban population is expected to reach 600 million by 2031. Providing infrastructure to accommodate this growth will be a huge task. The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) is encouraging Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) as one of its strategies for sustainable urban growth. There ...
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On-demand Buses in India: Opportunities and Challenges in Implementation
Bangalore Bus Network. Photo by Benoit Colin / WRI / Flickr
Imagine hailing a bus through a smartphone application in India for your daily commute from home to college or work. On-demand transportation leverages technology to connect a bus in the vicinity with a passenger looking to travel in the same ...